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Full Sail Pale Ale - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not to be confused with their English Style Pale.

"Our Pale Ale has a fresh, hoppy aroma that comes from two (top secret) Northwest hop varieties, while two-row Pale and Crystal malt give it a mild sweetness that finishes clean and crisp. Feeling out of whack? Put on some music, crack a Pale Ale, and readjust your balance.

ABV 5.4% IBU 37"

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-14-2002)
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Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a surprise here...not that I don't like full Sail products but the Full Sail IPA was a bit of a letdown for me...this blows the shit out of that...

One of the best APA's I've had if not the best....reminds me of Summit in some regards but better..more flavorful..

Pours a light copper with a big ol frothy white puffy head....the lace rims the glass nicely as you drink....Nose is both citrus and florall...definitely juicy hop profile...surprisingly the tast is very balalnced...a nice carateml like malt backbone to offset thispretty hopped up APA...the hops are wonderful...very citrus like on the buds...finishes tight and dry....

The malt balance really makes this a very drinkable but full flavored APA....medium to full bodied....highly recommended for the style...quite a treat...

Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its a pretty amber colored brew with an inch's worth of a slightly off-white colored head. A nice floral smell emerges from the glass. Its main flavor is a nice flowery hop bitterness, with a bit of smooth malts in there somewhere. A nice sharp, crisp taste. A pretty good pale ale.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 0.355 litre (12 oz) bottle, with the generic Full Sail Label. This one is darkish blue. Listed as 5.4% By Vol.

Appearance: Pours easily into my Pint Glass, the head stopping just below the top of the glass giving a beer with a superb initial presentation. Crystal clear amber body with an off-white head. The head soon settles to a thin collar, but good levels of dissolved carbon dioxide help to recreate a covering when the beer is swirled.

Nose: PALE ALE! This has just the perfect nose for this style. Fresh hops mixed with clean lemon-citric aromas all intermingled into a light malt nose. Very nice.

Taste: Wow, this beer totally surprises me all round, maybe the rather plain label does this beer an injustice. Starts with a very refreshing quality that is initially extremely thirst quenching. Fresh hops, with a lemon & lime character. Light malt intermingles and threads through all of these flavors. Has a mild sweetness in the crisp, clean finish that does not detract from the supremeness of this beer at all. Extremely well-balanced, so much so nothing is really dominant, nor is it left out – how do they do this?

Mouthfeel: Above average, the high carbonation lends help to a beer that already has a solid backbone.

Drinkability: Very high, maybe the hot weather aids my drinkability marks, I sometimes feel it does, so I have had two bottles, and the Drinkability is for the second, after my thirst was well quenched. Yet I still found this to be a great beer to knock back, probably because it is just so well-balanced.

Overall: I cannot believe that I walked pass this beer in Trader Joe’s so many times without ever picking it up! A superb Pale Ale that does not cost the Earth, it is advertised I note on the neck label as “...balanced to perfection”. I agree totally, this is no marketing BS. Extremely well-balanced, clean, and very, very, very quaffable. Investing in a 6-Pack of this from Trader Joes is Highly Recommended. Bloody Good.

Photo of Reidrover
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the 12 oz brown bottle with the simple yet effective Full Sail type label.
Wow I must have shook this baby up..as it pours with a massive head that overflows the glass..requiring some "Brawny" papper towels!!..when it settles down it is indeed an attractive beer..nice clear copper colour and the head though shrunk from "taking over the world" proportions is good.
Great floral hop aroma here wonderfully fruity ..very fresh.
Wow this Pale has one great taste to it,,very balanced yet its spicy, sweet and bitter at the same time..sweetness predominates though..but the malt bitterness is always in the background..I am pleasantly surprised by this beer.
Very nice on the tongue well balanced indeed ( as it says on the neck label)
Wow Ive seen this beer for 4 years now this is the first time I have had it..its exceptionally drinkable..a great North West Pale..i prefer this to SN Pale

Photo of mzwolinski
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper with a very thin head. Aroma is a blend of caramel malt and citric hops, though the hops are by far dominant. Nice quick, crisp taste. Oily hop body undergirded (but just barely) by pale malt. Citric hop finish which leaves a long lasting, tangy orange-peel-like aftertaste. Nice beer, hoppy but not unbalanced. Quite drinkable.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance--nice foam head that clings and stays to the last drop. Aroma/flavor is of pacific northwest hops maybe centennial or columbus variety--kinda harsh and catty. Not terrible but could be better. it could stand to have a little more maltiness. Good, but not something I'll go back to much. It is a Pyramid IPA with less bittering hops and much less malt. Dissapointing, but still better than half of the beers available.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This excellent American brew pours a wonderful burnt golden color. There is a nice tan head that is satisfactory in life. The nose is very hoppy, There are fruity undertones as well. The flavors are very complex with fruity malt that is not so dry as to match the nose. There is a strong well balanced hop flavor here and notes of spice. Very satisfying and hearty beer.

Photo of Morris729
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange amber color with a foamy white head that fades into a bubbly lace that lasts until the glass in empty. Nose is a bit subdued, but there are notes of floral hops and a hint of malt. Medium in body and quite smooth. Taste is sweet biscuity malts up front nicely balanced by just the right amount of bitter hop oils in the end leaving a citrus rind flavor. A very nice American pale ale that makes for an excellent session beer. A real winner.

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in Portland this last week and had several of these tasty brews. The color is a light copper. Beer pours a nice two inch head that never completely vanishes. Smell is of hops and citrus.

Very refreshing blast of hops on the first sip. Notes of pine and citrus also are in the background and push forward at times. The balance on this beer seems just slightly off, I can't put my finger on why this is. Still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is solid and you can drink this all night long. This beer went very well with the smoked salmon I had as an appetizer.

Photo of marc77
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Copper in hue with crystal clear, lager like clarity. Covered by a well retained one fingered off white head that leaves Belgian lace. Rounded citrusy, juicy, vitamin C rich Centennial hops hit the nose at first, then are followed by a lightly herbal tinge of Columbus and mellow medium caramel malt. Whiffs of bready pale malt and butterscotch surface as the beer breathes. Quintessential in appearance and aroma. Smooth and lightly buttery caramel malt sweetness is perceived at first, then is ensued by a judicious and balancing hop bitterness along with a pleasant citrus rind hop flavor. The neutral yeast strain lends few qualities of its own, and lets the simple, yet balanced hop and malt profile to shine. Subdued diacetyl complements the mellow caramel malt presence. Moderate in body, with plenty residual dextrins for a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a pleasant lingering light bready sweetness and marmalade impression. Full Sail Pale is nearly the perfect embodiment of the style. A marriage of simple malt character and citric hops. It's as close to a 1:1 malt : hop balance I've encountered in an APA. Clean, light, delicious and highly drinkable. Superior to the ubiquitous standard that is SNPA. Big thanks to TXhops for reuniting me with this fine brew.

Photo of BeerAngel
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a large cream-colored head that is lasting. The aroma of citrusy hops and light sweet fruit will make your mouth water. The flavor mirrors the smell with the light sweet fruitiness with a perfect amount of citrus flavored hops, and faint roasted malt. It is light-bodied and finishes just with a hint of sweetness. Superb beer in my opinion! Cheers!

Photo of TXHops
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full Sail Pale Ale (January 2003)

Malts: two row pale and crystal
Hops: Centennial and Columbus
ABV: 5.4%

Full Sail Pale Ale is the epitome of the American Pale Ale style, in my humble opinion. Having tasted probably hundreds of examples of the style, this is my favorite so far. I drink this stuff frequently, so I've got a fair idea of what to expect and this beer always exceeds those expectations.

The textbook amber body is brilliantly clear and supports a perfectly white cap of foam. The lace-prone head actually lasts throughout the whole drinking experience--a rarity in the style. The aroma is simply out of this world--a perfect combination of malt and hops existing in unity to produce a citric, then sweet aroma that instantly makes my tongue float on my mouth's watering... The best is still to come though, because the flavor is the pinnacle of this beer's exceptional existence. Full Sail Pale Ale is the definition of balanced beer. The crisp, sweet, biscuity malt is chased almost instantly by the grapefruity-orange presence of American hops. Not to be overdone, the malt returns almost as quickly as it gave way, easing back into the awareness of my palate. The hops also linger enticingly, weaving complexity and subtlety into the malt backbone. The crisp, but longish finish is almost dry, but at the same time sweet and hoppy--with neither flavor ever even coming close to dominating. If I was a novice beer drinker, I'd have no idea this APA had more ingredients than just beer sweet beer, because no ingredient's flavor ever dominates long enough to establish itself as obvious. It’s almost impossible for me not to drink this beer in about 2 minutes because the flavor is so perfect and the taste is so addictive.

Simply an amazing beer. This is the epitome of brewing as a careful, loving, highly-demanding craft. I'd give this beer all 5's if I didn't worry that someday, I might just find better...

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy copper color with a decent 1/4 inch head that laces in incomplete rings. Citrusy aroma, maybe more tangerine than grapefruit. Wow, quite American in style, tastes of Cascade or Cascade-like hops, early and often. Orange to pale grapefruit with a dry astringency at the finish. Lighter bodied. Malt is fairly subdued, a little sense of wild honey. Refreshing for when you’re in a hop head frame of mind. I keep forgetting how solid Full Sail brews are, rarely among my all time favorites -- but good across the board (or "boardhead")...

Photo of elmocoso
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light tarnished coppor color with a little head that quickly dissipates to a doily like web of lace floating on the top of the beverage and a white ring around the glass.

I noticed right away the nice and crisp citrusy aroma, with a nice malty smell tucked just below the hops. If i had to guess i would say that atleast the finishing hops used were cascade.

This beer strikes a nice balance between the bitterness of the hopps and the sweetness from the malt. A good well rounded beer that -i just found- also produces well rounded and flavorfull burps.

the mouthfeel is decent, it is definatly not bad.

and the overall drinkablity is good. I could see myself puting a few of these down with little or no trouble at all. This is my favorite of the Full Sail line so far. A good pale ale.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great example of an American Pale Ale. Copperish gold in color with an off white head. Good aroma of floral or piney hops. This beer has a really good flavor. The hops make their presence known right away and finish very well. Generously hopped for a pale ale. Enough hop character to keep this beer interesting, but very drinkable. You can knock this one back without even blinking. This is one of my favorite American-style pale ales.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden copper color with very little foam on the head. The smell of hop's with fruity under tones was pleasant. Taste of hop's and fruit have a wonderful balance in this beer. Another great tasting beer, from a great brewery!

Photo of tigerpaws
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've only had the pleasure of drinking this brew once when I was in Idaho and I wish I could get it here in SC. Pours a nice amber/gold color and nice creamy head. You can for sure taste the Pacific NW hops influence in this beer which Iove. Enough hops to keep us hopheads happy but also malty enough to keep the total bitterness in check. Drink one of these beers for me because I can't get it and how I wish I could...........CHEERS

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked.

Appearance: Copper hued gold with a very sticky and bubbly white lace.

Smell: Sweet floral and fruity hops with hints of malted grain.

Taste: Smooth with a quick punch of drying bitterness in this medium bodied brew. Slight creamy malt floats under a soft yet substantial hop character. Pinch of pale malt on the palate. Citric and hop oil floral bitterness and flavour dominate with a underlying grain flavour. A touch of residual sweetness and an everlasting hop flavour faded very slowly into the finish.

Notes: Very American ... very NW. To be straight up ... Pacific North West. This brew flexes its hop character yet still lets in enough malt to keep it in check. A little bit of freshly squeezed hop juice.

Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish gold with a thick lingering foamy head. Aroma is quite hoppy with notes of juniper and wintergreen. Taste is very smooth, malty at first, followed by hints of grapefruit and finishing with a cresendo of hops. A quite wonderful pale ale, sure to please.

Photo of Jordan
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nose biting hoppiness and a faint aroma of pine. Quite a refreshing sensation, it made my eyes open a little wider. The palate is immediately spicey up front with fresh and grainey hops cruising along till the end(it never really stops). Very well balanced start to finish. Skillfully rounded character. Excellent beer!

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Full Sail Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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